Two Democratic congressional aides said the weaponry includes 50 F-35 jets, valued at approximately $10 billion.
Rep. Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said in a statement: “This technology will greatly change the military balance in the Gulf region and affect Israel’s military superiority.”
“The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a subversive stealth platform with advanced strike capabilities and unique sensor technology. The export of this aircraft requires very careful consideration and Congress must analyze all the consequences.” He added.
A State Department spokesperson told CNN, “From a policy point of view, the Department of Defense will not publicly confirm or comment on the proposed sale or transfer of defense before the Department of Defense is officially sold or transferred.”
The beginning of this informal process means that the sale will be completed within the next few months. The length of time between now and officially sending this transaction to Congress depends on the nature and number of questions the country receives from Congress. But generally about 20-40 days later, the state government officially notified Congress to sell. Congress then has 30 days to review it.
The Israeli government initially opposed the sale and publicly denied that there was no connection between the delivery of the aircraft to Emirates and the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE.
The Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Defense recently issued a statement saying that after the Trump administration has pledged to maintain Israel’s “qualitative military superiority”, it does not oppose the sale of certain weapons to Arab countries.
Israel is currently the only country in the region with F-35.
The State Council did not respond to a request for comment.